Thursday, March 7, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Success for our teams
Years ago, when I was part of another organization and we participated and completed a mission such as “Operation Beaverbrook” or “Operation Commando Bargain” (to mention a couple and not give away any information which was once classified), all of the participants would pat ourselves on the back by remarking, “That was a Cecil B. DeMille Production.”
About four or five times a year, your South Reporter engages in some productions which could be placed in the DeMille category. We begin with the Profile edition, followed by the Pilgrimage, graduation, Santa Claus letters and rounding out the paper’s active year with massive coverage of the winter sports, especially football and basketball.
The present and culminating season has been a particularly involved one because of the number of teams which Marshall County has had vying for district, regional and state titles. This season has garnered maximum attention because there were teams returning to the late stages of the playoffs which had not made such impact for years. The Potts Camp Lady Cardinals returned to the Big House after 18 years and the Ashland Lady Blue Devils took part in a final four matchup after almost five decades. Although these teams fell short in their Big House dreams, they have something to build on for succeeding seasons.
When one considers the collective journeys made by the teams of men and women, the preparation and organization of the venues to include staffing, regulating and hospitality, it becomes quite an attention-getter.
Of course, when one has stalwarts to champion, such as the H.W. Byers Lady Lions and the Marshall Academy Patriots, it not only makes it easy to cover, it makes it a pleasure.
And no one makes sure that this was accomplished more successfully than our intrepid leader, editor and publisher, Barry Burleson.
He ended his column last week by stating “this is fun.” True enough, but it does nothing to delineate his role in “tying it all together.”
I am sure all of you readers saw the neat and concise schedule boxes week after week, from the hands of our editor. That by itself could become a nightmare in logistics. I know Barry has a very capable core staff inside the walls (Beth, Linda, Chris, Sue, Pam and Barbara), but he is still the “klinker” who makes “the wheel go ‘round.’ ”
I am sure that Cecil B. (were it possible) would have no problem in joining this sports editor in acclaiming, “Well done, Mr. Burleson, well done.”
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